Lithuania's President in vila Lanna
|Conference "Czechs, Lithuanians & the Vector of Modern History of Central Europe" -April 9th-10th
The Conference was dedicated to commemorating the Millennium of the first mention of Lithuania in historical sources and documents. It was organized by Lithuania's Historical Institute, Vilnius University, the Czech Academy of Science and Prague's Charles University.
President Adamkus stressed that a better understanding and knowledge of the history and the people of the two nations served as a key for building a free and strong state. He expressed hope that the conference would further consolidate cooperation between Lithuania and the Czech Republic.
President Adamkus pointed out that the 20th century intertwined the fates of our people even closer.
"It was the strength and determination of our nations and the will and power of the people--from the Prague Spring to the Baltic Way--that enabled us to draw inspiration from each other, walk down the path of humanness, and regain freedom and independence," Adamkus said.
"On this road, we can be proud of such prominent public figures as Tomaš Masaryk, Jonas Basanavičius or Vaclav Havel, who led our countries towards real and strong statehood."
President Adamkus further said that the history of Central Europe in the second half of the 20th century highlighted by the events in Budapest, Prague and Gdansk, served as crucial spiritual and moral support to all who stood hand-in-hand in the Baltic Way.
"Therefore, I believe that today, just like half a century ago, when we look for and find over and over again new connections in the life of the nations of the divided Europe of those times, we will certainly enhance even further the deep and indelible feeling never again to be subdued or oppressed. Our common strength and resolve enabled us to escape from the iron cage and nobody will ever make us return there again," Mr. Adamkus said.
"Today we must make a joint effort to have the tragedies of the divided Europe and Captive Nations properly and adequately assessed. Even after twenty years following the fall of the Iron Curtain, we cannot allow such tragedies to happen again," he said.
President Adamkus underlined that the Lithuanian and Czech people had retained their togetherness and bonds of friendship since the Middle Ages to the present day.
"I see an important message to be sent by this conference to the whole of Europe: Lithuania and the Czech Republic, linked by common fate and fights, will remain close allies, standing together for Euro-Atlantic values and building a free, strong, unified and fair Europe," Mr. Adamkus said.
Among those delivering reports at the conference were Czech Senate President Pŕemysl Sobotka and Speaker of the Czech Chamber of Deputies Miloslav Vlček.
In Vila Lanna, where the Conference was held, an exhibition, "Lithuanian-Czech Cooperation Between Two World Wars," was on display.
Source: Mykolas Romeris University www.mruni.eu.
Photo: Stanislava Kyselová, Academic bulletin
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